Innovative connectors for rail

Innovative connectors for rail

HARTING supplies appropriate interfaces for a multitude of applications in the railway sector. The company offers innovative designs for the connection of drives as well as for cross-carriage power, signal and data transmission – e.g. to power and supply passenger information and train monitoring systems.

Han® connectors, which were actually developed for industrial machinery and plant construction, have turned out to be "tailor-made" for rail vehicle construction as well. As a result, for decades transportation has been one of the most important markets for the HARTING Technology Group. Whether the goal is increased system security, comfort and service requirements for passengers, cost reduction or the fastest possible production and installation – HARTING offers solutions of the highest quality which provide easy and safe handling for different requirements. The advantages lie above all in the longevity of the connectors and in the multitude of possible transmission solutions in the smallest space. For cross-carriage data transmission (including Ethernet, category 7A), HARTING provides – e.g. via the Han® Gigabit module – a  highly robust and 360° shielded, space-saving solution in a modular connector.

One thing is clear: the use of connectors strengthens the market position of both the manufacturer and the operator in the railway sector, since connections which can be quickly mated/unmated improve the division of labour and flexibility both in the construction of a rail vehicle as well as in operation and service. Structurally, connectors also align with the "modular design" of vehicle technology and the rail network: plug-in interfaces allow all system modules and components to be quickly connected to one another. The connections can still easily be disconnected again in the case of maintenance, however.

Connectors have now proven themselves worldwide in the railway sector. With its technology and its specific portfolio, HARTING is a sought-after and valued partner in all countries with a highly developed railway industry. HARTING is also one of the first companies to be certified according to IRIS (International Railway Industry Standard). In 2017, the company garnered the "Railsponsible CSR Award" of the sustainability initiative of the European rail transport industry (see photo).

HARTING products and services tailored to individual customer requirements are embedded in the overall concept of each respective train, carriage or railcar. The train must also be able to communicate with the stationary railway and network infrastructure. This is where HARTING's extensive interface portfolio comes in. It is important to integrate data and signal sources such as sensors and RFID tags via connectors and to support identification processes between moving and stationary rail inventory.

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